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Old 04-24-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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(CNN) -- Russia apparently contacted the FBI more than once about dead about Boston Marathon attack suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a Virginia lawmaker told CNN Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Robert Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was asked about a newspaper report that said there wasn't just ...
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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Russia asked U.S. twice to investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev, official says
April 24th, 2013 - Months after the FBI cleared Tamerlan Tsarnaev in its investigation of possible connections to jihadist causes, the Russians approached the CIA as well to look into him, CNN has learned.
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But what was provided by the Russians in late September 2011 was "basically the same" information that had been given the previous March to the FBI, according to a government official. The source said the communication was a "warning letter" sent to the CIA. Tsarnaev, 26, suspected along with his younger brother of bombing the Boston Marathon early last week, died on Friday following a violent confrontation with police. A law enforcement official said the CIA knew the FBI had done an assessment of the elder Tsarnaev, and the intelligence community seemed satisfied. The FBI concluded its investigation in June 2011. At the request of the CIA, information about Tsarnaev was included in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list, otherwise known as TIDE, which is maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, CNN has learned. The list of more than 500,000 names of known or suspected foreign and domestic terrorists contains detailed, raw intelligence.

The Russians provided information that included "two possible dates of birth, his name and a possible name variant as well," the intelligence official added. The amount of information the Russians provided is at the center of a critical look at whether the government missed signals of a man described as emerging jihadist who may have been further radicalized overseas. "We just had a young person who went to Russia, Chechnya, who blew people up in Boston. So he didn't stay where he went, but he learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people," Secretary of State John Kerry observed on Tuesday. The FBI investigated Tsarnaev based on the initial information from the Russians before concluding he was not a threat.

A senior U.S. official with direct knowledge of the information says "the issue with Russia is that the initial information was extremely thin." The Russians believed he was "becoming radicalized." "There were no details, no examples, no threads to pull," the source said. "Because of the rather light nature of the information we did go back to them and asked can you tell us more. We never heard back." "They did not give a case report back when the United States inquired," said another source with knowledge of the investigation. Officials have said that the FBI investigation went as far as it could based on the vague information. "I think we did everything within our legal authority to vet this individual. When all was said and done there was nothing to link him to terrorism," a law enforcement official said. What pinged the Russian interest? The United States still doesn't know everything. But the senior U.S. official says the American intelligence community, including the FBI, is well aware the Russian security service monitors websites and online postings of particular militant websites. "We know the Russians had to see something to make these claims," said the senior U.S. official.

The Russians have not told the United States whether they did any surveillance on Tamerlan while he was in Russia for six months in 2012, but the law enforcement official would not doubt the Russians kept tabs on Tsarneav. If they did, according to the law enforcement official, the Russians never came back to the FBI and said so and didn't provide any additional incriminating information about him. If the Russians held back information, it wouldn't be surprising, said a source familiar with the intelligence process and the flow of information. The Russians are generally "more formal, more irregular" in providing this kind of information to us. "'There's still a lot of suspicion" between U.S. and Russian intelligence operatives, the source said. "I am not sure they would share their source information with us." The FBI is under very strict legal guidelines and standards when investigating Americans or persons on American soil. The standards are carefully scrutinized.

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April 24th, 2013 - The name of one Boston Marathon bombing suspect was included in U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism databases, but he was not on any watch list that would have prevented him from flying or required additional screening when he left or entered the country, according to intelligence and law enforcement officials.
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After the FBI was asked by the Russians in early 2011 to investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev's possible connection to jihadist causes, his name was put on a Customs and Border Prevention list known as TECS, used to detect unusual or suspicious travel, so that the FBI and other agencies would know if he traveled outside the United States. The FBI investigation turned up no terrorism threat or any other derogatory information and the case was closed in June of 2011. Several months later in the fall of 2011, the CIA received from the Russians information almost identical to what had been given to the FBI, according to a U.S. intelligence official. The Russian information included a name variant and two possible dates of birth.

At the request of the CIA, that information about Tsarnaev was included in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list, otherwise known as TIDE, which is maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, CNN has learned. The list of more than 500,000 names of known or suspected foreign and domestic terrorists contains detailed, raw intelligence. At about the same time, Tsarnaev's name was also added to the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), a list which is similar to TIDE but without the detailed intelligence information. The two lists are linked. New intelligence and data are developed and added to TIDE multiple times a day. When that happens, the TSDB database also is updated.

Both files are tools for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to share information on terrorism suspects. About 98 percent of the names on the two lists are foreign citizens, according to officials. From the lists, the FBI Terrorism Screening Center recommends which names should be put on watch lists used by the Transportation Security Administration, the State Department and the FBI. These include "no-fly" and other lists which would require additional screening. Tsarnaev's name was not added to any of those lists, according to officials. A federal law enforcement official said the "U.S. never deemed him a threat."

But his name was on the customs TECS list to look out for any travel by him during a one year period which started at the time the FBI was investigating him in 2011. When Tsarnaev, 26, traveled to Russia in January of 2012, the FBI was notified of his departure. By the time he returned the following July, the notification period had expired and therefore the FBI was not "pinged," according to the intelligence official. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died last week following a shootout with police. The other bombing suspect, his brother Dzhokhar, 19, was captured.

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Boston suspect died of gunshots, blunt trauma
Sun, May 05, 2013 - MARATHON BOMBINGS: Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s family found a funeral home willing to handle his body. US officials say the bombings were originally planned for July 4
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A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings died from gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso, a funeral director said on Friday. Funeral home owner Peter Stefan has 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body and read details from his death certificate. The certificate cites Tsarnaev’s “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities” and lists the time of his death as 1:35am on April 19, four days after the deadly bombing, Stefan said. Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities who had launched a massive manhunt for him and his brother, ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the US about a decade ago. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his younger brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing.

Tsarnaev’s family on Friday was making arrangements for his funeral as investigators searched the woods near a college attended by 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured less than a day after his brother’s death. The funeral parlor is familiar with Muslim services and said it would handle arrangements for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, whose body was released by the state medical examiner on Thursday. The body initially was taken to another funeral home, where it was greeted by about 20 protesters. Stefan, owner of Graham Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors, said everybody deserves a dignified burial service regardless of the circumstances of their death and that he is prepared for protests. “My problem here is trying to find a gravesite. A lot of people don’t want to do it. They don’t want to be involved with this,” said Stefan, who added that dozens of protesters gathered outside his funeral home, upset with his decision to handle the funeral. “I keep bringing up the point of Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh or Ted Bundy. Somebody had to do those, too,” he said.

Meanwhile, two US officials said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators that he and his brother initially considered setting off their bombs on July 4, Independence Day in the US. As part of the bombing investigation, federal, state and local authorities were searching the woods near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student. Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, could not say what investigators were looking for, but said residents should know there is no threat to public safety. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a tarp-covered boat in a suburban Boston backyard, faces a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Three of his college classmates were arrested on Wednesday and accused of helping after the bombing to remove a laptop and backpack from his dormitory room before the FBI searched it.

The April 15 bombing, using pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards, killed three people and injured more than 260 others near the marathon’s finish line. The brothers decided to carry out the attack before Independence Day when they finished assembling the bombs, the surviving suspect told interrogators after he was arrested, two US officials briefed on the investigation said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation. Investigators believe some of the explosives used in the attack were assembled in Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s home, though there may have been some assembly elsewhere, one of the officials said. It does not appear that the brothers ever had big, definitive plans, the official said.

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